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Rivera hired by Carolina Panthers

Ron Rivera (Chargers media guide photo)

The Carolina Panthers have selected Ron Rivera to inject new life and vision into the NFL’s worst team.

The San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator is the second Latino head coach in NFL history.

He joins former Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and Seattle Seahawks coach Tom Flores as the only Latino head coaches. Rivera, who is of Puerto Rican and Mexican heritage, has his first head coaching opportunity.

Rivera, who replaced John Fox, let go after nine season and now is in Denver, coached a San Diego defense that ranked tops in the NFL in total defense and pass defense this season. The former Chicago Bears linebacker also was defensive coordinator for the Bears from 2004-2006.

compiled from NFL & Carolina Panthers news

49ers can’t stop Vincent Jackson; loses to Chargers 34-7

Vincent Jackson (photo by Jeffrey Beall via Wikipedia Commons)

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson had a career-high three touchdown pass receptions, Phillip Rivers surpassed the 4,000 yards passing mark for the the third straight season leading their team to a 34-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers to stay alive in the AFC West race.

The Chargers, now 8-6, pulled to within a half-game behind division leader Kansas City.

Jackson had touchdown catches of 58, 11 and 21 yards with five catches for 112 yards.

Rivers completed 19 of 25 passes for 273 yards, giving him 4,141 yards for the 2010 season. He tied Hall of Fame QB Dan Fouts’ team record set from 1979-81.

San Diego came within 4:26 of having consecutive shutouts for the first time in their 51-year history.

The 49ers fall to 5-9 on the season.

compiled from NFL & San Diego Chargers news

Shawne Merriman and his “Lights Out” show closes in San Diego

The San Diego Chargers have cut dies with another of their star players.

Shawne Merriman, the linebacker known as “Lights Out”, and one of the most feared players in the NFL, was placed on the injured reserve list because of a calf injury and a “minor injury designation” on Wednesday. By putting him on that list, San Diego has to release him, once he’s healthy.

Shawne Merriman (NFL)

The Chargers could resign him, but general manager A.J. Smith has not been a Merriman fan because he seems to be more of an off-the-field celebrity than on-the-field star.

The “Lights Out” nickname stems from Merrriman’s ferocious hits. He had 39 1/2 sacks in his first three seasons. He’s only had four in the three seasons since that time due to a variety of injuries.

Merriman, who has been on the trading block for some time, has five tackles and no sacks in 2010 during limited duty.

compiled from staff, NFL & San Diego Chargers news

Winslow gets revenge on Browns as Tampa Bay wins, 17-14

Kellen Winslow, Jr. spent 5 controversial seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He was supposed to be the second coming of Ozzie Newsome of the Browns glory days and a mirror image of his Hall of Fame dad, Kellen Winslow, Sr. of the San Diego Chargers. But he was either injured or not playing up to standards.

On Sunday, in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, Winslow set the tone earlier by running out the tunnel during pregame introductions and waving a Tampa Bay flag in front of the Cleveland bench. The crowd of 47,211 roared with approval as the Buccaneers went on to defeat Cleveland, 17-14.

Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman (NFL)

But the real hero for the Buccaneers was their quarterback Josh Freeman, who returned from a three-week layoff due to a broken thumb and threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Winslow had four catches for 32 yards.

Early in the game, Cleveland moved the ball at will and built a 14-3 lead, but struggled thereafter. They had three costly turnovers which helped Tampa Bay win the game.

Jake Delhomme went 20 of 37 for 227 yards and two interceptions in his debut for Cleveland, who have not won an opening game since 2004. They have a record of 1-11 in opening games since the team returned as a new franchise in 1999.

The Browns received a 41-yard touchdown reception from Mohammed Massaquoi and a 10-yard TD run from Peyton Hills which put them up 14-3.

compiled from NFL & Cleveland Browns news

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Austin Traylor, Columbus Walnut Ridge Fighting Scots DE/OLB/TE

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM FEATURE

This article contains an audio interview with Austin Traylor


Austin Traylor at 6’4, 220-pounds hovers over his teammates on the Walnut Ridge High School football team from Columbus, Ohio.

He is very humble and says very few words. But the multi-talented star is regarded by college recruiters across the country as a four-star prospect with vast potential.

Austin Traylor Walnut Ridge football star (megasortsnews.com)

He has the size, skill, speed and versatility to play any position on the football field. Scots head coach Byron Mattox and defensive coordinator Charles Stewart try not to limit him into one position because he can play everywhere the team needs him to make plays and cause havoc for the opposing team.

Traylor emerged as one of Ohio’s top prospect’s after a breakout junior season.

On defense, he can play end, tackle and outside linebacker.

On offense, he can play wide receiver or tight end. He has on occasion lined up as a running back and sent into motion to make the defense concentrate solely on him, which left other players open down the field. Traylor started the first four games of 2009 at quarterback before Fred Hardgrove took over.

Traylor began playing football at age 7 and says that San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is his most admired player. Gates is a converted basketball player who was a star at Kent State University.

Byron Mattox, one of several head coaches around the city who were assistants under former Beechcroft football coach Tom Dunlap, said that Traylor reminds him of former Beechcroft defensive end Julian Miller, who currently is a starter at West Virginia.

Austin Traylor gets open for a pass (megasportsnews.com)

Traylor is a 16-year-old senior who will not turn 17 until sometime in September.

In 2009, Austin Traylor averaged 20 yards per catch with six touchdowns. He made first-team All-Central District at tight end when Walnut Ridge, who had an 8-3 record, 6-1 in the Columbus City League South Division won the title and made the Division II playoffs. He also recorded 72 tackles and 13 sacks.

A cousin of former Michigan and NBA star Robert “Tractor” Traylor, Austin is being recruited by several colleges who want his services as a defensive end, outside linebacker and tight end. He is also weighing a basketball scholarship offer from the Wright State University Raiders of the Horizon League. He will  end up in a major football conference if he passes on the basketball scholarship offer.

The Walnut Ridge defense is very young after losing nine starters, but they are very athletic, agile and versatile. Traylor is a leader on defense along with fellow senior Jordan Spotts.

The Scots had a nice number of 70 players out during pre-season camp and the start of two-a-days.

Austin Traylor lines up at wide receiver (megasportsnews.com)

As for the Walnut Ridge football team, they are 2-0 going into week 3 against Columbus Linden McKinley, which will be the Fighting Scots home opener. Then they play Columbus South before the big showdown with Columbus Marion-Franklin in week 5. All three of these games are at home.

In week 1, Walnut Ridge traveled to Cleveland Heights and won, 28-21. Fred Hardgrove rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown and threw for 120 yards and another score.

Devon Bingham returned a fumble recovery 77 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter which keyed the win.

Week 2 had the Scots in back in Columbus playing City North Division opponent, the East High Tigers. It was no contest as the Scots rolled to an easy 51-0 win. Walnut Ridge forced eight turnovers. Fred Hardgrove completed 8 of 12 passes for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns. RB Shawn Toney led the ground attack with 122 yards on 11 carries and scored a 3-yard touchdown.

ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW WITH AUSTIN TRAYLOR (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 389 Austin Traylor Walnut Ridge football (part 1) (megasportsnews.com)

45 390 Austin Traylor Walnut Ridge football (Part 2) (megasportsnews.com)

45 391 Austin Traylor Walnut Ridge football (part 3) (megasportsnews.com)

Special thanks goes out to Walnut Ridge head coach Byron Mattox and staff for allowing us to come out to practice to talk to Austin Traylor and to take pictures. We greatly appreciate your help!

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